On March 7th, Nathan Myhrvold and his team at Modernist Cuisine welcomed Ferran Adrià to the Cooking Lab in Washington. Over the course of five hours, Nathan’s team constructed and served nine sequences, 50 course in all, to honour Adrià and his latest book elBulli 2005 – 2011.
“Ferran Adrià is one of the most creative and influential chefs alive, but that isn’t the entire story. He’s also a philosopher and an avant-garde provocateur. From 1983 until it closed in 2011, elBulli was a fountain of tremendous creativity and stimulation, and it was often a source of controversy because of its techniques, approaches to food, and fine-dining philosophy. Ferran, along with the entire vanguard of chefs who pioneered Modernist cooking, played an influential role in the inspiration to write Modernist Cuisine, which covers science and technique but is also a testament to the power of food to be intellectual, emotional, and unpredictable.” says Nathan.
The five-hour feast featured “unexpected flavors and textures” that “transported guests across the globe and back again,” according to the Modernist Cuisine blog.
Here are all 50 courses, in just 60 seconds, from the first cocktail to the final pour of absinthe and every bite in between.